HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . . . Overcoming Addiction provides a reading experience simple in its clarity and provocative in the multilevel depth of its discussion. . . In a well-crafted text that combines clearly defined, fact-based pros and cons with philosophical discussion on addiction, he also opens up discourse on the human conditions that support substance use and abuse. In addition to addressing the familiar legal and illegal substances, Pence explores the role of big pharma in addictive disorders and the near future as marijuana is increasingly legalized. The book is refreshingly void of inherent bias, focusing on facts, theoretical foundations, and philosophy. . . . Each chapter is expertly written, provides new perspective on existing models of treatment, and ends in a summary that might induce critical re-reading. The presentation is clear enough to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework and will be helpful to any individual or professional considering working with people with substance use disorders.